On the 16thof January 2012 The College of Life Sciences will host a small group of S1 and S6 pupils from Bell Baxter High School. The 9 secondary school students have been part of a Royal Society funded partnership between Bell Baxter High and the Division of Molecular Microbiology at the College.
Bell Baxter science teacher Dr. Jane Parker and CLS researcher Dr. Nicola Stanley-Wall received funding from the Royal Society for a project that allowed pupils from Bell Baxter High School to conduct exciting research investigating the role of microbes in the process of bioremediation (how rubbish, including paper, is broken down). Students participated in hands-on experiments, interactive presentations and formed a Science Club at the school.
The event this January marks the culmination of the project when the pupils will visit the state-of-the art research facilities at the College of Life Sciences and will present their own research findings to scientists working in the building. Dr. Stanley-Wall said, “This has been a very exciting project for the pupils and for the scientists working with them. It is a pleasure to be able to invite these students to a real, internationally-reputed research centre where their work will be presented to the scientists and receive due recognition.
“These pupils are potentially the life scientists of the future; it has been a great privilege to work with them and help to nurture their enthusiasm for the microbiological world.”
There will be a photo opportunity with the pupils, teachers and scientists involved in the project, at 11.30am in the Atrium of the Wellcome Trust Building.